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People Are Triggered That A Texas Ranger Statue Was Removed From A Texas Airport

The Texas Rangers have a long history of terrorizing communities of color along the southern border. Their violence has been documented in history books, documentaries, and novels that show the true viciousness of these law enforcement representatives. We are now seeing their statues fall with the other monuments representing violent and oppressive people from America’s dark and unreconciled history.

A statue of infamous Texas Ranger EJ Banks was taken down at the Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas.

EJ Banks is one of the many Texas Rangers that fought terrorized communities of color in Texas. The slogan “ONE RIOT, ONE RANGER” on the statue is a reminder of a time he allowed for racial tensions to grow as a school was supposed to be integrated.

According to UTSA Libraries Special Collections, Banks was summoned to the high school under the orders of the governor. The point of the Texas Ranger being at the school was explicitly to defy a federal order and protect segregation. You can see an effiy of a Black man hanging from the school behind the group of white students with Banks.

The statue stood in the Love Field Airport for decades.

Much like Confederate monuments to the Black community, the Texas Rangers are a constant reminder of the violence against the Mexican and Mexican-American communities. The true extent of the cruelty inflicted by the Texas Rangers has been repressed until recently when people started to tell the full story.

There is no lack of people on social media who are absolutely furious that this monument to racism was removed.

We all know that Twitter is a place that all people share their unfiltered thoughts. As such, people on Twitter are pledging to avoid this airport at all cost and others claim that this is an attempt to erase history.

Some people seem to be unaware fo the true dealings of the Texas Rangers. One example of the violence and brutality of the Texas Rangers is the Texas town of Porvenir. The town was along the Texas-Mexico border and was heavily populated by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

In the dead of night on Jan. 28, 1918, the Texas Rangers joined U.S. military personnel and white local ranchers to devastate Porvenir. What followed was a night filled with all men and older boys being rounded up in the middle of the night and heartlessly executed. The attack was part of a larger strategy of violence in the U.S. to stunt the economic and wealth opportunities for minority communities. This kind of violence has persisted over the decades and evolved to continue to exist within modern American society.

A few people are pointing out that removing a statue of a violent racist is not erasing history.

Sure, statues are one way to preserve history. However, it is written in books so the history of EJ Banks and the Texas Rangers is still out there. Also, how many people really stopped at that statue in the airport to learn who the person was and what he stood for? Likely, it was just a general representation of the Texas Rangers to people making their way through that airport.

The history of the Texas Rangers exists and cannot be erased.

Statues are usually used to celebrate or exalt someone. Taking down a statue of Robert E. Lee, Christopher Columbus, or EJ Banks is not erasing the history. However, there was once a chance to replace the statue and it might be time to revisit that.

According to D Magazine, last year the city was a proposal that would have replaced the statue of EJ Banks with that of civil rights attorney Adelfa Callejo.

Callejo made a name for herself fighting for civil rights for immigrants in Texas as well as education. Her fight for education is so revered that there is an elementary school named in her honor. The statue to honor her now resides in a park in downtown Dallas. It is the first statue of a woman in Dallas. Maybe it is time to give her a place greeting people to Dallas.

READ: A New Documentary Exposes The Massacre In Porvenir, Texas That Left 15 Mexican-Americans Dead

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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An important Jesus statue in an El Paso church has been destroyed and police have arrested the suspect. The statue in St. Patrick’s Cathedral was taken down and decapitated and the person police suspect to be responsible has been arrested.

Earlier this week, a 90-year-old Jesus statue was decapitated by a vandal who destroyed the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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We are saddened to announce the vandalism at St. Patrick Cathedral earlier today. The Cathedral was vandalized this morning at around 10:00am. A suspect came into the sanctuary at St. Patrick Cathedral and destroyed the almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was located in the center behind the main altar of the church. The church was open and available for prayer. A suspect has been detained by the El Paso Police department. The police are currently continuing their investigation into the vandalism. The Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes, said, “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.” Bishop Seitz also expressed his sadness about the damage caused to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue. “This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.” “As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Bishop Seitz added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen,” he said. “At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but he certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace. I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers,” Bishop Seitz added. “I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be. In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us,” Bishop Seitz concluded. St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland and our Diocese, Pray for us.

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The community was rocked when the damage was reported. The statue has been behind the church’s main altar for decades. The vandal attacked the statue at around 10:00 a.m. when the church was opened for prayer when the vandal attacked.

El Paso police have arrested a man in connection to the vandalism.

According to a press release from the police department, 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell has been arrested for the vandalism. The damage to the statue is estimated to be about $25,000 and Cantrell’s bail has been set at $20,500. El Pasoans are angered at the man for destroying the irreplaceable statue.

“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” Bishop Seitz said about the destruction of the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”

Statues like the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue are important to communities that are used to seeing them. The destruction has left clergymen and parishioners angered and saddened by the loss of the statue. It is a historic part of the El Paso religious community having overseen masses since before World War II.

The Diocese of El Paso is raising money to help St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The funds raised by the Diocese of El Paso and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso will be used on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The money raised will be used to fix the shattered statue as well as add security and do renovations to the famed church.

“I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be,” Bishop Seitz said. “In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us.”

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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An Abuelo Got A Hurtful Note From Bad Neighbors About His Decorations And Latino Twitter Came Into Comfort Him

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We are rarely more defensive than we are for our abuelos. The viejitos have always been there for us and seeing them treated unkindly is just heartbreaking. That is what one Twitter user experienced after her abuelo got a wretched note about his decorations outside his home.

This is the horrid letter left for @goldenstef’s abuelo by undesirable neighbors.

The letter, which is filled with misspelled words, calls the abuelo’s house an example of a “low class Mexican family.” The letter was written anonymously by neighbors and delivered to the abuelo in an attempt to shame him into changing his decorations. One of the most bizarre moments in the letter is when the angry author criticized the homeowner for having too many American flags claiming he isn’t patriotic and can’t fool the neighbors. Like, which one is it people?

The Twitter user followed up with photos of the house to show the decorations their abuelo has out front.

People flooded the Twitter post with comments supporting and sending love to the abuelo. Fellow Latinos are ready to stand with the abuelo and some just want the names of the people behind the letter so they can talk to them. Some people are stunned at how far the author was willing to go out of their way to be mean to an old man who just wants to decorate his home and front yard.

Latino Twitter wants to come together to let the abuelo know that his decorations are adorbs.

We need to come together to give her abuelo all of the wonderful decoration we love. Let’s turn his house and front yard into a showcase of all of the greatness that Latin America has to offer.

People are falling in love with this viejitos yard.

Honestly, this is a great yard. Who wouldn’t want a yard like this? This yard is original and adorable and worth all of the praise that we can muster. Thank you to people like this for making their yards something unique and worth seeing.

@goldenstef wants everyone to know just how much they appreciate the sweet messages about their abuelo’s yard.

It costs nothing to be kind. It is even better when you can be kind about something someone clearly cares so much about. Who cares if someone decorates their lawn a little too much. At least they are having fun with their lives and that is something we all need more of right now.

READ: Latinas Are Sharing Their Most Treasured Memories Of Their Abuelos And It’s Exactly What We Needed This Month

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